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ARC to Collaborate with JSC on Orion Mission Simulation Evaluating Crew Displays for 1st Crewed Lunar Mission Since Apollo
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ARC to Collaborate with JSC on Orion Mission Simulation Evaluating Crew Displays for 1st Crewed Lunar Mission Since Apollo

Ames Research Center (ARC) will collaborate with Johnson Space Center (JSC) to conduct a second Orion Exploration Mission (EM-2) integrated mission simulation on May 17th to evaluate crew displays for the first crewed lunar mission since Apollo. Astronauts will act as Orion Commander and Pilot in a cockpit mockup with prototype displays and procedures, while a Flight Control Team consisting of a Flight Director, CapCom, and Flight Controllers monitors simulation telemetry and advises the flight crew. The simulation will include a trajectory-correction burn during an outbound lunar cruise using nominal procedures, as well as multiple system failures requiring crew and flight controller coordination.

BACKGROUND: The Orion EM-2 simulation will be conducted in JSC’s Orion Crew Interface Rapid Prototyping Lab (RPL), which is managed by Lee Morin from the NASA Astronaut Office. The Autonomous Systems Operation (ASO) project developed the mockup Flight Control Room, initially as a development and evaluation facility for the Advanced Caution and Warning System (ACAWS) project for the first Orion Exploration Flight Test (EFT-1) Mission in 2014. Since then ASO has continued to use the facility for maturing autonomous fault management technology while also supporting the Orion crew displays evaluation.

NASA PROGRAM FUNDING: Advanced Exploration Systems Division, Advanced Exploration Program, Human Exploration Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD)

TEAM: ARC: Gordon Aaseng (ACAWS Team Lead), Eric Barszcz, Jeremy Johnson, John Ossenfort, Adam Sweet, and Henry Valdez; JSC: Jeff Fox, Lee Morin, Matt Souris; and our awesome JSC interns: Ryan Craig (University of Houston), Cole Gerber (University of California, Santa Cruz), and Pedro Saiz (University of Houston)

POINT OF CONTACT: Gordon Aaseng, gordon.b.aaseng@nasa.gov

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